On Feb 1, the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom will host Daniel Jacobson, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. His talk is entitled "Mill Does Not Have A Harm Principle." (Abstract below.)
Wednesday, Feb 1, 12:30-1:45pm, in the Kendrick Room at the Freedom Center, Marshall 280 (right above Paradise Bakery). Feel free to bring lunch.
For further information, please visit the Arizona Freedom Center at http://freedomcenter.arizona.edu/colloquium
The fundamental principle of Mill’s political philosophy he termed the principle of liberty, which he expressly intended to specify the limits of legitimate social control over individuals. But philosophers gloss the principle of liberty as a harm principle so frequently that—even though he never used the phrase—it is commonly referred to as “Mill’s harm principle.” Although there are different versions of that principle, varying both in strength and in their conception of the relevant sort of harm, almost all philosophers attribute some form or other to Mill. Nevertheless, I content that the attribution of a harm principle to Mill is so misleading as to have obscured not only the nature of his principle of liberty, but the argument of On Liberty and his political philosophy as a whole. Mill simply does not endorse any such harm principle, appearances to the contrary notwithstanding.